Posts filed under: Fair Trade

While the Peace & Justice Center’s store might appear to be a quaint gift shop, it is one of the most radical things we do. In our direct trade partnerships, we address global racism, economic injustice, climate chaos, and more....
-Hannah Stumpf, PJC Intern As technology advances, it becomes easier and easier for people and companies to interact on a worldwide scale. This concept is called globalization, and it has allowed for the creation of Free Trade Agreements. Free Trade...
-Kristen Connors, former PJC staff I am thrilled to see more and more Fair Trade certified products on the grocery store shelves, and in other retail settings.  Not only are more Fair Trade certified products available to consumers, but also the number of Fair...
-Kason Hudman, PJC Volunteer & Facilitator For people interested in resisting large corporations, the many sins of Amazon are discussed so often that it has almost become cliché. However, due to its unusually broad influence on the marketplace and our...
-Kason Hudman, PJC Volunteer   The Halloween season is in the air! Goblins and ghouls are set to roam the streets as children get ready to dress up and go trick-or-treating. But there is a spookier side to the candy...
By Ashley Smith, Democratic Socials of America and PJC member What’s the cause of the so-called migrant crisis on the US border with Mexico? The Trump administration of course avoids this question preferring to demonize the human beings trying to...
-Rachel Siegel, PJC Executive Director Because there have been so many powerful, global climate justice actions1 recently, we have been asked at the Peace & Justice Center on more than a few occasions if environmental justice is part of our...
-Michaela Compo, PJC Fair Trade Intern The term environmental racism was coined by Benjamin Chavez to refer to the movement developed in the 1970’s and 80’s, but the idea can be traced back over 500 years to when the Europeans...
Hi! My name is Celine Girard and I’m looking forward to being the next Fair Trade and Volunteer coordination intern. I am an incoming junior at the University of Vermont. My major is business administration, with a double minor in...
Join us for a screening of “Banana Land: Blood, Bullets, & Poison” on Wednesday, April 17, 7-9pm at the UVM Davis Center from 422. -Ariane Goldsmith, Fair Trade Intern After studying environmental justice for a few years, I have come...
-Alex Rose, Volunteer Coordinator and Assistant Store Manager  Pierrevy Polyte is an artist, coffee farmer, and founder of a worker cooperative that now has more than 800 members. Pierrevy is from Haiti and has been living in Burlington, Vermont since...
Race has been used to justify exploitation since the beginning of colonization. From the Transatlantic Triangular Trade to Spanish conquistadors to the British East India Company, Europeans have repeatedly conquered and taken advantage of people and resources in the Global...
The Peace & Justice Center, and affiliated groups are proud to announce the second Vermont Peace Conference: Building a World Beyond War, on Saturday May 12 from 9:30 – 4:30 pm at the Old North End Community Center on 20...
Adrienne Kinne is a ten-year Army Veteran and an 11-year peace activist, now the Vice President of the Veterans For Peace US National Board of Directors. She has also served as the President of the Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans...
If you’ve been into the Peace & Justice Center, you know how integral the three components of Racial Justice, Peacework, and Fair Trade Education are into all they do. While each staff member has their area of expertise, the collaborative...
At 1:00 on Saturday, while Women’s March events worldwide were having a minute of silence for women’s equality, we had a minute of yelling — a wild rumpus! This was the kick off of the March for Our Future. The...
If you were out on Church Street this past Saturday, you were likely to have run into a mass of college students enthusiastically spreading the word about fair trade. This was a part of a partnership with the PJC and...
In partnership with St. Mike’s Civil Rights Alliance and Juntos. Learn basic information about globalization and how policies and practices have paved the way for huge companies to profit at the expense of people and the planet. This program shows...
Gearing up for Halloween this year, I wanted to pause and reflect about what “fair trade” really is and why we should care. Looking briefly to the past, the concept of fair trade was introduced during the 1700’s in response...
Love bananas? You are not alone! Bananas are the most widely consumed fruit in the North American and Europe, but do you know what goes into the cultivation of a banana before it arrives at your home? If you’d like...
Growing up poor in rural Vermont, I always knew that my family had less than some of my friends and the families on TV. I built assumptions based on my experiences and observations. The store clerk looked at me differently...
This presentation focuses on the issue of child slavery and human trafficking in the cocoa industry. It is designed to educate, brainstorm solutions and create tangible action steps that fit each participant. This presentation will be led by Amy Crosswhite....
Thursday, September 14 from 12-1pm, Understanding Fair Trade Labels is a presentation that breaks down the differences between Fair Trade Certifications, Fair Trade Membership Organizations, and Direct Trade to help us better understand the Fair Trade Movement. People are encouraged...
The Peace & Justice Center partnered with Ben & Jerry’s at World Fair Trade Day last Saturday at Burlington’s farmer’s market. We were excited to share free ice cream but our partnership is complicated. Ben & Jerry’s, like the Peace...
Please join us Thursday, June 8 from 11am-12 noon at the Peace and Justice Center (60 Lake Street Suite 1C Burlington, VT 05401) to learn about the the supply chain of the cocoa industry and fair trade. Like most agricultural goods in the...
By Quinn DiFalco, PJC Fair Trade Intern There really is no better way to learn about and discuss fair trade than from the inside of an Equal Exchange banana suit. Last year at Burlington’s World Fair Trade Day Celebration, I...
Please join us Saturday May 6th from 3-4pm at the Peace and Justice Center (60 Lake Street Suite 1C Burlington, VT 05401) to learn about the oppressive banana industry and fair trade. This talk is designed to educate, brainstorm solutions and...
Free Trade Agreements, or FTAs, can be complex and impact countries around the world and, in turn, the global economy. The impacts do not just effect the economy, however; beyond these economic impacts are a number of social and environmental consequences. This...
Free Trade Agreements like NAFTA and TPP have a number of social, economic, and environmental consequences around the world. The Fair Trade movement poses an alternative to Free Trade and attempts to, at minimum, counterbalance these negative externalities. Come to...
In 2001, eight of the largest chocolate companies signed the Harkin-Engel Protocol, which is an international agreement aimed at ending the Worst Forms of Child Labor (WFCL) and Forced Adult Labor (FAL) within their cocoa supply chains by 2005. This...
Do you know the differences between Fair Trade and Free Trade? With our world becoming increasingly globalized, it is more important than ever to understand how our trade practices impact the world around us. Come to the Peace & Justice...
Is socially responsible shopping more difficult and complex then you thought? We get that! There are many things to consider when making a purchase. Join Kristen Connors on Saturday, January 14 from 3:30-4:30pm at the Peace & Justice Center to...
Halloween is approaching! As the calendar nears one of my favorite holidays, I am anticipating it with a new and informed perspective that has developed into a prominent concern about chocolate production and consumption. My time here as the Fair...
Thursday, October 27th 5-6pm at the Peace & Justice Center. This presentation focuses on the issue of child slavery and human trafficking in the cocoa industry. It is designed to educate, brainstorm solutions and create tangible action steps that fit within...
Come join the Peace & Justice Center to celebrate Fair Trade around with world at Burlington’s first outdoor Farmer’s Market of 2016! Come support and celebrate Fair Trade with free ice cream, kids activities and games, bike-powered smoothies, Fair Trade...
Thursday, September 10, 7pm, Roxy Theater, details below The documentary REUSE! Because You Can’t Recycle The Planet follows “Reuse Pro” Alex Eaves’ cross-country adventure to the 48 contiguous U.S. states. On his journey, he demonstrates the different ways people and...
Ever wonder why a banana from Central America costs a third of what an apple from Michigan costs? The new documentary Banana Land: Blood, Bullets and Poison attempts to answer that question by examining the supply chain between Central America...
  10am – 2pm Free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, fair trade chocolate samples, fair trade banana smoothies, fair trade vendors and a performance by Jeh Kulu Drum and Dance theater...
Join us on Wednesday, October 22 (6:00pm – 7:30pm) for Beyond the Peel: Fair Trade Bananas with Equal Exchange at the Peace & Justice Center. According to the USDA, the average American eats 26 pounds of bananas per year. That’s...
Join us for tea and conversation with Sister Lucy Kurien. Sister Lucy is the founder of Maher Ashram in Pune, India which is one of the Peace & Justice Store’s vendors. Found out more about the story and impact behind...
BY Alissa Boochever, PJC Intern The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) continues to be secretly negotiated among certain members of the US Congress and 11 countries including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru,Singapore,and Vietnam. A major agreement affecting a...
Remember that extraordinary confrontation? When 40,000 protestors, in November of 1999, occupied Seattle and brought the World Trade Organization Conference to its knees? Well, now, another trade battle is brewing. Are we ready? You’ve probably heard about it:  The Trans...
While news outlets are obsessed with reporting on the National Security Administration’s tactics, and Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning continue to be the subject of countless news articles, a suspiciously secretive trade agreement is being negotiated that critics are calling...
I had the great pleasure of witnessing a pivotal moment in my children’s lives at the National Zoo in Washington DC last February. We had traveled down for my partner Jules’s work and timed it so we could go to...
A big thanks to Champlain College Student Sam Rogers for creating this!...
Alta Gracia Event Poster The Peace & Justice Center is teaming up with UVM’s Fashion Club and VSTEP for an exciting event on Wednesday, October 30th. Workers from Alta Gracia Apparel, based in the Dominican Republic, will be coming to...
With so many Fair Trade labels out there, it can be hard to know what to buy. This guide should clear up the confusion! FLO/Fairtrade International: While the term “Fair Trade” refers to all products certified through a set of...
Join the Peace and Justice Center and the Fair Trade Burlington Network on Saturday, May 11th from 11:00am – 1:00pm in City Hall Park in Burlington for a World Fair Trade Day Celebration!  Festivities Include: Free samples from BEN &...
Fair trade countdown to Halloween! Keep checking our Facebook page and website for new fair trade practices, facts, and recipes now until Halloween! 10/30: Inspired by “The Dark Side of Chocolate” movie and wanting to get more involved? Check out...
Guatemalan Artisan and director of UPAVIM, Angela Mercedes Bailon, is coming to not only one but TWO events this week! Make sure you stop by at least one of them! Saint Michael’s College is hosting a Fair Trade Cafe and...
The “Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate” event on Saturday was a big success! Thank you to all of the businesses who supported the event and everyone who was able to attend. A big thanks to all of the businesses that came: Runa...
Join us this Saturday, September 29th, for our Third Annual Fair Trade Business Forum at City Hall from 4p.m. to 6p.m.! The forum will focus on informing community members about the importance of fair trade and its positive impact on...
Last week at our fair trade event for children at the PJC we read stories about children in India and children who moved from India to the United States. We also talked about the importance of fair trade in India,...
Last week at our fair trade event for children we learned about the fair trade ingredients that are in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and what countries they were grown in! Thank you Ben & Jerry’s for the delicious donated...
Last week we had our third Fair Trade event in our Children’s Series, based around the Environment. We watched the original Lorax movie, read a story about how we can help the environment, and talked about how fair trade can...
FOURTH EVENT Theme: Ben & Jerry’s Fair Trade Ice Cream, Peace and Acceptance Date: July 26th Time: 10am Place: Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street Description: This fair trade event for children will be based around discussing Fair Trade...
Around 40% of the cocoa production is supplied by plantations in the Ivory Coast. In order to reduce production costs, farmers employ children in the plantations, lowering the cost of cocoa worldwide. While chocolate is a delicious treat for most...
Global Exchange is sponsoring a protest in NYC today, June 8, to shine a light on the “dark side of chocolate”. Child labor, child slave labor and forced labor should not exist anywhere, including in the supply chain for chocolate...
The Peace & Justice Store is the perfect place to find your holiday gifts for everyone on your list. And you’ll get the warm fuzzy feeling that comes from supporting Vermont businesses. On sale through December 20 are Fair Trade...